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Housing Issues

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On December 4, 2022
Annie Lowrey has a pretty good essay on the housing shortage. She rightfully makes the point that the biggest issue is a lack of new building. I can certainly accept this, but I also think there is a whole side of this debate that we don’t talk about much–the consumer desires for what they want […]
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One major problem with American public transportation is the incredibly high cost of construction. Another is the spread out nature of American cities. How does one create functional public transportation in the era of climate change given these realities? These are very problems in an industry with enormous costs, skyrocketing overhead, and which is dependent […]
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Low Income Housing, Redux

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On March 10, 2021
Since this is a topic we are already discussing today, I think another post is not too much. The reality is that a broken housing market combined with record income inequality has created a situation that requires bold solutions. Gianpaolo Baiocchi and H. Jacob Carlson suggest a way forward: We propose the creation of the […]
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LGM Podcast: Latino Cities

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On October 30, 2020
In today’s podcast, I interview Andrew Sandoval-Strausz from Penn State University about his 2019 book Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City. This is an absolutely fascinating study about how the rise of immigrant transformed the city, largely ending the “urban crisis” of the 1960s-1980s. We talk about how the specific ways people […]
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